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Brendan McBennett

Researcher I-Model Engineering | 303-275-3956

Brendan McBennett is a mathematician who enjoys exploring the effects of RE integration and market reform on electric power systems. He splits his time between modeling wind and solar integration in South Asia and decomposing the unit commitment problem to both decrease solve time and increase accuracy. He joined NREL as an engineer after completing an internship where he investigated options for more accurately modeling interchange pricing rules between Regional Transmission Organizations.

Areas of Expertise

Electric power system modeling
Utility-scale renewable power integration in South Asia
Market to market coordination between Regional Transmission Organizations

Research Interests

Modeling the Indian power system with improved transmission representation to more accurately predict RE integration challenges
Geographic decomposition as a means to more accurately and rapidly model large electric power systems
Electricity exchanges between India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh


B.S. in Mathematics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2016
B.A. in German studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2016 

Prior Work Experience

Research assistant, UNC Joint Fluids Lab, Chapel Hill (2015–2016)
Translator, Accuracy LLC Legal Translations, Frankfurt am Main (2014–2016)

Featured Publications

McBennett, Brendan, Daniel Harris. 2016. Horizontal Stability of a Bouncing Ball. Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science 26, no. 9 (September 2016). doi:10.1063/1.4962350